A former Santa Rosa Junior College student was sentenced to 22 years in prison this morning for the attempted second-degree murder shooting and attempted robbery of a prostitute at a Rohnert Park motel last year.
Around 20 friends and family members of Ronald Threadgill, 24, of San Francisco, stood and called out encouraging words to him after Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite pronounced the sentence agreed upon by the prosecution and defense.
Threadgill expressed remorse and apologized. He said the incident dashed his dream of becoming a professional football player.
The charges included enhancements alleging the July 1, 2015, shooting caused great bodily injury to a 24-year-old Sacramento woman, resulting in paralysis.
Threadgill, who was trying out for the junior college football team at the time, contacted a prostitute online and agreed to meet her at the Motel 6 in Rohnert Park.
Threadgill tried to rob her and shot her twice in the leg and back of the neck during an argument about the amount of payment for her services, then fled the motel. The shooting left the woman a quadriplegic, according to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.
Witnesses gave a suspect description and Threadgill was arrested a week later. Co-defendant Koa James Sibley, 20, of Santa Rosa, dropped Threadgill off at the motel and later picked him up after the shooting.
Sibley pleaded no contest in November 2015 to a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory to a shooting in exchange for his testimony against Threadgill.
Threadgill faced 25 years to life in prison if he was convicted of all charges and weapons enhancements.